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Low Dose Naltrexone for Chronic Pain? New Uses for an Old Drug

Naltrexone is a medication that is traditionally used in a dose of 50 mg to help people who have stopped taking narcotics to stay drug-free, and alcoholics to stay alcohol-free. But over the past several years, PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has posted many studies and case reports about the benefits of Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN), in doses of 4.5 mg or less, to treat chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, migraine headache, and interstitial cystitis.  LDN is an inexpensive drug with infrequent and mild [...]

2019-07-22T19:54:11+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

Compounding for Palliative Care/Hospice

Palliative care is treatment provided to patients who suffer from a chronic disease or terminal illness. Palliative care is intended to improve the patient’s quality of life, but not cure the disease. This treatment is best provided by a team of specialists that may include doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy, nutritionists and pharmacists.      It is important to customize treatment for each patient since diseases vary and each patient’s response to treatment varies. Palliative care aims to relieve and manage symptoms - such as nausea and vomiting, pain, dry mouth, mouth pain or inflammation, wound care, fatigue, loss of appetite, [...]

2019-07-22T19:52:12+00:00June 22nd, 2019|

Men’s Health: Restoring Vitality

As men age, their testosterone levels slowly decline. When aging men have low levels of testosterone, the condition is often referred to as “andropause” because testosterone is included in a class of hormones known as androgens. Androgen deficiency is strongly associated with common medical conditions including metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis; as well as elevations in triglycerides (TGs), total cholesterol (TC), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Androgens may provide a protective effect against the development and/or progression of atherosclerosis in men, and studies show that appropriate therapy can help relieve or [...]

2019-07-22T19:55:03+00:00May 17th, 2019|

Do You Have Problems Taking Your Medications?

At our pharmacy, we have found that many people want to take their medicine as directed but don’t because they have trouble taking their prescriptions or they cause intolerable side effects.   Peachtree Pharmacy can help! Our compounding pharmacy prepares customized medications to help people to receive the medications they need and feel better faster. Here are some of the problems that interfere with therapy, and how our compounding pharmacist can help:  Gastrointestinal upset caused by oral medications: we can usually compound the needed medication into a transdermal gel or cream so that the medication [...]

2019-07-22T19:55:29+00:00April 18th, 2019|

Customized Hormone Therapy for Migraine Sufferers

Migraines are most common among women, but can be more difficult to treat in older women. It was discovered that women suffering from migraines were also more likely to have night sweats and hot flashes. According to a recent review of data from 67,903 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative study, hormone therapy may benefit migraine sufferers without concerns about an increased risk of heart disease. Hormone use has been on the decline since the WHI clinical trials were published in 2002, but new data shows that customized hormone therapy can be recommended [...]

2019-07-22T19:55:57+00:00March 21st, 2019|

Oxytocin: Help for Bonding Issues, Autism, Addiction, and Other Problems!

Oxytocin has traditionally been used during labor to help with childbirth and after delivery to support lactation. However, the understanding of oxytocin’s function has expanded dramatically to reveal the capacity to modify human social behavior ranging from bonding and sexual activity to autism and addiction. Oxytocin induces a general sense of well-being including calm, improved social interactions, increased trust, and reduced fear. Oxytocin has the potential to enhance interpersonal relationships and individual well-being, and may help with disorders characterized by persistent fear, repetitive behavior, reduced trust and avoidance of social interactions. Oxytocin isn’t [...]

2019-07-22T19:56:20+00:00February 22nd, 2019|

Help for Eczema and Psoriasis

One of the body's initial responses to stress is the release of hormones such cortisol that initially help a person to react or adapt to a stressful situation. High levels of cortisol can also lead to exacerbation of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. We are here to help! Treatments for eczema (atopic dermatitis) aim to control inflammation, decrease itching, and manage infections that may occur as a result of repeated skin irritation. Common treatments can cause significant side effects; for example, topical corticosteroids used to decrease inflammation and control itching may [...]

2019-07-22T19:56:46+00:00January 31st, 2019|

Topical Pain Formulations – Preferable to Oral Medications?

Topical and transdermal pain formulations are very popular among health care providers and patients, but unfortunately, not all doctors are familiar with how to best prescribe customized medications. Topical and transdermal preparations are often preferred to oral medications due to decreased side effects and the avoidance of initial breakdown of drug by the liver (first pass metabolism). Dosage forms include creams, ointments, and gels; medication sticks; solutions, and sprays. “Topical” and “transdermal” are not interchangeable terms.  Transdermal medications are applied topically but not all topical medications are absorbed through the skin and enter [...]

2019-07-22T19:58:28+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Therapy

Accumulating evidence suggests that Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN; 3.0-4.5 mg orally, taken once daily at bedtime) can promote health supporting immune-modulation which may reduce various cancer-causing and inflammatory autoimmune processes. LDN may also play a role in healing and repair of tissues, as well as promoting stress resilience, social bonding, and emotional well-being; and helping with psychiatric problems such as autism and depression. LDN and Lyme Disease Chronic Lyme disease is often the result of not only infections with borrelial organisms (the most well-known culprit) but also multiple co-infections with other bacteria and [...]

2019-07-22T19:57:01+00:00November 3rd, 2018|

Making it Easy to Medicate your Cats, Dogs and other Pets

Painless and non-stressful drug administration for animals remains a top priority for both veterinarians and pet owners, especially when caring for cats. Veterinarians and compounding pharmacists are often asked by pet owners if it is possible to deliver a drug by the transdermal route, that is, application to the skin instead of giving an injection or forcing the animal to swallow a tablet or capsule. When considering the potential for transdermal drug delivery, we first look at safety, not only for the patient, but also for the caregiver, because human caregivers are always [...]

2019-07-22T19:57:17+00:00October 11th, 2018|